February 2021

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TSM Reviews: Icom IC-705

By Thomas Witherspoon K2SWL

For Thomas, the IC-705 was love at first sight. He tells us, “If you’re looking for a portable transceiver that can truly take you on a deep dive into the world of QRP HF/VHF/UHF and even satisfy the SWL in you, look no further that the Icom IC-705.” 


TSM Reviews: RF-Kit RF2K-S Linear Amplifier

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

Lagging sunspots and uncooperative propagation forces many amateur operators to yearn for some serious power. The RF2K-S amplifier is up to the task, delivering up to 1,500 Watts on 230-volts AC or 800 watts on 120 volts AC. Originally available in the US as a kit, now this amplifier is sold already built and tested. Mark puts it through its paces.


TSM Reviews: Klingenfuss Frequency Guides for 2021

By Bob Grove W8JHD

Throughout the past five decades, the leading purveyor of shortwave frequency lists has been Joerg Klingenfuss, whose numerous, annually updated publications are perused by shortwave hobbyists and government agencies because of the products’ comprehensive and accurate contents.


Are You Ready for a Power Outage?

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Amateur radio operators face a problem when hit with a power outage: how to stay on the air and provide emergency communications, monitor HF or VHF/UHF net control stations or pass health and welfare messages. A snowstorm from 2009 drove the author to an extreme response.


Solar Power for Electronics

By Bill Echols NI5F

There are many applications for small scale solar power in the radio hobby. Bill shows four examples of stand-alone solar power for different devices including beacons he has for on air for 30 and 20 meters, an ADS-B Flightaware receiver and powering a deep well water pump. 


DIY Battery Backup Power System

By C.L. Koral K2WV

Frustrated at the endless series of power outages where he lives in suburban North Carolina, Cory was forced to install his own AGM battery backup system for the circuits in his house he needs the most when the power goes out.


Axis Radio Propaganda During WWII Part 1: Lord Haw-Haw

By Scott Caldwell

Scott profiles the infamous characters who took to the airwaves during WWII in support of the Axis Powers beginning with William Joyce, an American who came to be known as Lord Haw-Haw.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

The Trouble with T-Band


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris 

TSA on UHF for 2021



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

The World of Military Call Signs


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Norwegian Coastal Radio


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Re-Branding this Column


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

D-STAR Becomes More Inclusive


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Coax and Connectors—Hacks and Recommendations


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Ku-Band Free-to-Air Satellite 2021 Report


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

Shortwave Pirates for Turbulent Times


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Radio Prague, Radio Slovenia, Texas Shortwave Radio and BBC Fare for February


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Resurrecting SETI@Home


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Command Receivers Part 2: Powering the Set


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

Emergency Preparedness

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